Best things to see and do in Sequoia National Park

Jody Vandergriff

From the world's largest tree to the world's tallest peak, there is no shortage of memorable things to do in this land of the giants - Sequoia National Park. We'd allow at least 2-3 days to explore all its grandeur before heading down the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway to take in Sequoia's sister park - Kings Canyon National Park.

  • Sequoia National Park Ash Mountain Entrance Station

    When coming from Three Rivers or Visalia, this is the best entrance into Sequoia National Park and where your adventure begins.

    June 14, 2022
  • Hume Lake

    A beautiful spot to break up the day. Hume Lake is like an all American camp- kids running everywhere and people jumping off the docks into the cold lake water. Rent kayaks or hike one of the many trails around the lake for the best views.

    June 13, 2022
  • Giant Forest

    The Giant Forest is just as magical as it sounds. Congress Trail will take you past many of the famous trees in the park, starting with General Sherman, the park's main attraction for most people. For this reason, this part of the trail gets super crowded, but if you continue on one of the many trails that take you into the denser parts of the forest, it will become remarkably quiet and the trees are just as humbling.

    June 14, 2022
  • Giant Forest Museum

    Learn all about the giant sequoias that make Sequoia National Park so incredible at the Giant Forest Museum.

    June 14, 2022
  • Grant Grove Stables

    Head to Grant Grove Stables for a guided trip on horse! $50 for one hour, $90 for two hours. Be sure to book in advance!

    June 10, 2022
  • Big Trees Trail

    On Big Trees Trail, you’ll be surrounded by numerous old-growth trees on this 1.5 mile trail among the giants.

    June 10, 2022
  • Mineral King Valley

    Mineral King Valley sits at 7,800 feet and is the highest spot you can drive in the park. Here you can enjoy a subalpine valley and many beautiful hikes begin out of here.

    June 10, 2022
  • Foothills Visitor Center

    Foothills Visitor Center is typically the first stop after entering Ash Mountain Entrance of Sequoia National Park. They are open 7 days a week, year round.

    June 14, 2022
  • Zumwalt Meadows

    Head to Zumwalt Meadow for a mellow walk among the steep granite walls, incredible talus, a lush meadow, and the windy Kings River.

    June 10, 2022
  • Sunset Rock

    Sunset Rock is an easily accessible trail and a beautiful spot to watch the sunset. Be sure to bring bug spray and a headlamp for the journey back down.

    June 10, 2022
  • Amphitheater Point

    At Amphitheater Point, you’ll have phenomenal views of Moro Rock, as well as vast views as low as the foothills and up to the high-alpine peaks.

    June 10, 2022
  • Crystal Cave (Sequoia National Park)

    Walk amongst fragile formations through Sequoia’s own Crystal Cave. Plan to spend a half day exploring this area and be sure to book the guided tour ahead of time.

    June 10, 2022
  • Mount Whitney

    Embark on the 23 mile round-trip journey, gaining over 6000 feet up Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous 48 states. Be sure to plan ahead and get a permit if you want to do this hike.

    June 10, 2022
  • Grizzly Falls

    Technically, Grizzly Falls are in Kings Canyon National Park as they are located right past the entrance sign. The falls are just a short walk from the parking lot, making this an accessible attraction for visitors of all ages. This 75 foot waterfall is best viewed in the spring.

    June 14, 2022
  • Sequoia National Park's Tunnel Log

    Not to be mistaken with the fallen tunnel tree in Yosemite National Park, this fallen sequoia log (AKA, Tunnel Log) is in the Giant Forest at Sequoia National Park and is large enough to drive your car through. This mighty sequoia tumbled due to national causes in 1937 and has been a major tourist attraction ever since.

    June 10, 2022
  • Moro Rock Trail

    Climb up the steep stairway of Moro Rock Trail (over 300 steps!) to see vast views of the foothills, the San Joaquin Valley, and the deep mountain wilderness.

    June 10, 2022
  • General Sherman Tree

    As the largest tree in the world in terms of volume, General Sherman stands 275 feet tall, is over 36 feet in diameter at its base, and is estimated to be over 2.5 million pounds.

    June 10, 2022